Allowed VS Aloud

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The words  allowed  and  aloud  sound similar and are sometimes confused.

Allowed

Allowed is the past tense of the verb to allow, which means to permitAllowed is synonymous with (the same as) permitted.

Examples:

  • Small amounts of baby formula and breast milk are allowed in the aircraft cabin if a baby or small child is traveling. 
  • I am not aloud to go to the party on Saturday.  (should be allowed) 

 

Aloud

The adverb aloud means out loud and refers to sound (almost always speech).

Examples:

  • Please do not read aloud. You're disturbing everyone else in the library. 
  • The public are not keen on lip-syncing; therefore, medal hopefuls must all learn to sing the national anthem aloud.